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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 5, 2008 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Medical News: Better Living Through Pharmaceuticals (Actually Dead Related...a bit)

May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Four decades after the Grateful Dead and Timothy Leary made acid trips a counter-cultural rite of passage, Rick Doblin is trying to shake the drug's hippie image and reclaim its use as a medicine.

Parties are exactly what Carolyn Garcia, the ex-wife of the Grateful Dead's late frontman, Jerry Garcia, associates with LSD. She joined author Ken Kesey, who discovered LSD during U.S. government-sponsored studies, for ``acid tests'' that culminated in the 1966 Trips Festival in San Francisco.

``Howling chaos and jubilant participation ruled for three nights that changed the perception of what life could be for all who were there,'' Garcia, also known as ``Mountain Girl,'' said March 21 at the World Psychedelic Forum in Basel, where she appeared on a panel with Doblin.

In the Swiss study, 8 of 12 patients will be given 200 micrograms of LSD and four will receive a 20-microgram dose. The drug will be given during two psychotherapy sessions two to four weeks apart. Patients will get six to eight more psychotherapy sessions without LSD during the trials, which will last about 18 months. Researchers will assess the patients' anxiety and pain levels as well as their quality of life.

200 mics? Dude, someone send them a 73 Darkstar and guaranteed their "anxiety, pain levels and quality of life" will all improve dramatically.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 5, 2008 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Medical News: Better Living Through Pharmaceuticals (Actually Dead Related...a bit)

AshesRising posted a couple of links to the Beckley Foundation (who are co-sponsoring) in March
I won't put up the link to the thread cos if memory serves it wasn't very interesting.

ps listening to Dark Star from 73-03-28 as we speak, in lieu of the 200 mics!